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Learn To Be Smart

A quintessential educational philosophy. A world-class Singaporean enrichment centre with a touch of the Ivy League, Oxbridge and Nordic innovation. Thoughtfully designed and curated for the future, by people who know what you need. The name | Academia | reflects our promise to train our students to do great things.

Designing an effective learning environment: Part 1

To be honest, in our decade of tutoring, the physical space at Academia has never been the priority. There were a few rules – it had to be safe, clean, well-lit, well-ventilated, and free of distractions. There were a few aesthetic ideals we sought out, such as the Danish concept of Hygge, which refers to […]

BRAVE NEW WORLD Our | Cogito | project: building a high-quality ecosystem of digital resources that supplant supplement real learning and true literacy . Peek through the looking glass on our {YouTube channel}.

True literacy is a marathon, not a sprint.
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Regular, habitual practice helps to build and internalise real skills. 
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Celebrate yourself! Each milestone passed is the start of another new adventure on your journey. 
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Our takeaways from the 2022 paper, where the curriculum began to shift in tandem with global trends as predicted.
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You did well. 
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#olevels #olevelenglish #gcse #academia #academiaeducation
We’re proud of your performance.
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#olevels #olevels2022 #academia #academiaeducation
Happy Chinese New Year! 
We will be closed from Saturday to Monday. 
Classes resume on Tuesday. 
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#cny #chinesenewyear #cnysg #academia #academiaeducation
新年快乐 万事如意
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The Story of Science: Part 1

When we think about Science, we often have visions in our heads about hands-on experiments. Mixing chemicals together. Soaking flowers in coloured liquids. That’s fun. But as we are finally learning in 2023, fun isn’t learning, and when the good times end and tough times begin, fun isn’t even fun. 

Many philosophers — even philosophers of science — would tell you that Science, in fact, is a story. It’s a story about how the world works. Where things come from. Once upon a time, people would tell stories about the world, such as: stars were heavenly beings, the world rested on a turtle, courage came from the stomach. Today we have better stories. Our scientific theories are stories that work, and they enable us to create technology that vastly improves our lives. 

Here is one of the greatest stories ever told in Science: the story of special relativity. It’s a story we can tell just by reading a book—that space and time, instead of being separate entities, are unified and can be dynamically curved to create the effect known as gravity. 

At a seminar at MIT I took decades ago, I remember another story that blew my mind: the story of why we experience time as linear and unidirectional, unlike space. The story goes: our minds were designed to run along the slope of entropy that began with the Big Bang, and therefore could be a psychological illusion created by our brains which consciously interpret the entropy of the universe as the passing of time. 

So why am I talking about this now? I believe we’ve suffered from some of the most problematic misconceptions in education for a long time now, one that fails to acknowledge that Science is, first and foremost, a story about the world. This is especially true for children, who already experience the world and understand it in practical terms. What they don’t experience, however, is the story, and what many students cannot do is tell this story.

In other words, most students get it. They just can’t tell it. And that literally makes all the difference.
Academia is pleased to announce the imminent launch of the beta testing phase of our latest Cogito product.

Infinite Drills. For Levels 1 & 2.

No VC funding. No gimmicks. Just what we knew you wanted after a decade of communication with you. And we’re only just getting started.

More details to be revealed as we move from alpha to beta testing. To our clients, thank you — you are at the heart of all we do.
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#academia #cogito #infinite #edtech #lms
Cogito does the heavy lifting. So our teachers can make light work. 
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The future is here. We designed it yesterday.
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TESTIMONIALS

 J, RI Student, 2022

Dr Coomber has been instrumental to my growth as a thinker and a learner. From the time I joined Academia in Secondary 3 to the day I sat for my A level GP paper, his tips and guidance have stuck with me. His patience and willingness to entertain seemingly silly ideas (that other teachers may […]

K, RI Student, 2022

I can say without a shadow of doubt that Dr Coomber is by far the best teacher I’ve ever had the privilege of learning from. He is extremely good at his job— his detailed essay packs and structured lessons speak for themselves, as do the nuanced and highly specific skill sets he teaches his students. […]

I, ACJC Student, 2022

Dr Coomber is a patient, dedicated and extremely experienced teacher. His wealth of knowledge is remarkable and he is able to break down difficult concepts for me to understand and he has helped me to master the format of GP papers, as well as increased the breadth of my general knowledge and piqued a genuine […]

M, RI Student, 2021

Despite the brevity of my time with Dr Coomber, his nuanced and challenging lessons have proved to an invaluable resource in my preparation for the General Paper. His meticulousness in taking note of each of his students difficulties thoroughly impressed me and it was through this he was able to deepen our understanding of social […]

Z, HCI Student, 2021

Throughout my 2 years of GP lessons with Dr Coomber, he has always been patient and detailed in offering personal feedback and input. Be it explaining writing and answering techniques or equipping students with the content knowledge, Dr Coomber has always strived to help his students achieve both. He is always willing to go the […]

HCI Student, 2021

J, RI Student, 2021

The A-Level General Paper curriculum increasingly places an emphasis on critical thinking – being able to critically analyse question, be it an essay or a comprehension question and answering based on the needs of the question. Dr Coomber is an adaptable and understanding teacher who makes it a point to assess every student that he […]

- RI Student, 2021

V, HCI Student, 2021

“Dr. Coomber is one of the best GP teachers I’ve learnt under. Over the course of his tuition, I found myself reading and writing about topics I never thought I would be interested in. My GP grades improved drastically after just a few lessons, as Dr Coomber provided me with targetted feedback for both Paper […]

- HCI Student, 2021

J, HCI Student, 2020

“I joined lessons with Dr Coomber quite late compared to other students in the tuition, joining only at the beginning of J2. I started with an S grade, struggling to grasp the concepts of the entire subject. I found it difficult to grapple with the basics and foundations of writing essays and answering techniques of […]

- HCI Student, 2020

K, HCI Student, 2020

“Both unsure of what to expect and not excelling in English back in Secondary school, I enrolled under Dr Coomber right from the very start. Initially, I failed comprehensions left and right, everywhere I went, and struggled with unpacking essay questions, much less coming up with suitable topic sentences. Yet, under Dr Coomber’s patient guidance, […]

- HCI Student, 2020

THE UNIVERSE

A pedagogical paradigm that takes a bold approach to education. {Tutorials and lessons} blend experiential engagement with frontier research to make dreams come true. Welcome to the | Academia Universe. |

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6 days ago
Academia Education

Celebrate yourself! Each milestone passed is the start of another new adventure on your journey.
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#waltwhitman #selfcare #selfconfidence #poetry #quotes #academia #academiaeducation
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Celebrate yourself! Each milestone passed is the start of another new adventure on your journey. 
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#waltwhitman #selfcare #selfconfidence #poetry #quotes #academia #academiaeducation
6 days ago
Academia Education

Our takeaways from the 2022 paper, where the curriculum began to shift in tandem with global trends as predicted.
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Our takeaways from the 2022 paper, where the curriculum began to shift in tandem with global trends as predicted.
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#literacy #academia #academiaeducation
6 days ago
Academia Education

You did well.
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#Olevels #OLevelenglish #GCSE #academia #academiaeducation
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You did well. 
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#olevels #olevelenglish #gcse #academia #academiaeducation
6 days ago
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We’re proud of your performance.
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#olevels #olevels2022 #academia #academiaeducation
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We’re proud of your performance.
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#olevels #olevels2022 #academia #academiaeducation
2 weeks ago
Academia Education

Happy Chinese New Year!
We will be closed from Saturday to Monday.
Classes resume on Tuesday.
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#CNY #chinesenewyear #cnysg #academia #academiaeducation
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Happy Chinese New Year! 
We will be closed from Saturday to Monday. 
Classes resume on Tuesday. 
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#cny #chinesenewyear #cnysg #academia #academiaeducation
2 weeks ago
Academia Education

新年快乐
万事如意
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#CNY #chinesenewyear #cnysg
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新年快乐 
万事如意
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#cny #chinesenewyear #cnysg
3 weeks ago
Academia Education

The Story of Science: Part 1

When we think about Science, we often have visions in our heads about hands-on experiments. Mixing chemicals together. Soaking flowers in coloured liquids. That’s fun. But as we are finally learning in 2023, fun isn’t learning, and when the good times end and tough times begin, fun isn’t even fun.

Many philosophers — even philosophers of science — would tell you that Science, in fact, is a story. It’s a story about how the world works. Where things come from. Once upon a time, people would tell stories about the world, such as: stars were heavenly beings, the world rested on a turtle, courage came from the stomach. Today we have better stories. Our scientific theories are stories that work, and they enable us to create technology that vastly improves our lives.

Here is one of the greatest stories ever told in Science: the story of special relativity. It’s a story we can tell just by reading a book—that space and time, instead of being separate entities, are unified and can be dynamically curved to create the effect known as gravity.

At a seminar at MIT I took decades ago, I remember another story that blew my mind: the story of why we experience time as linear and unidirectional, unlike space. The story goes: our minds were designed to run along the slope of entropy that began with the Big Bang, and therefore could be a psychological illusion created by our brains which consciously interpret the entropy of the universe as the passing of time.

So why am I talking about this now? I believe we’ve suffered from some of the most problematic misconceptions in education for a long time now, one that fails to acknowledge that Science is, first and foremost, a story about the world. This is especially true for children, who already experience the world and understand it in practical terms. What they don’t experience, however, is the story, and what many students cannot do is tell this story.

In other words, most students get it. They just can’t tell it. And that literally makes all the difference.
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The Story of Science: Part 1

When we think about Science, we often have visions in our heads about hands-on experiments. Mixing chemicals together. Soaking flowers in coloured liquids. That’s fun. But as we are finally learning in 2023, fun isn’t learning, and when the good times end and tough times begin, fun isn’t even fun. 

Many philosophers — even philosophers of science — would tell you that Science, in fact, is a story. It’s a story about how the world works. Where things come from. Once upon a time, people would tell stories about the world, such as: stars were heavenly beings, the world rested on a turtle, courage came from the stomach. Today we have better stories. Our scientific theories are stories that work, and they enable us to create technology that vastly improves our lives. 

Here is one of the greatest stories ever told in Science: the story of special relativity. It’s a story we can tell just by reading a book—that space and time, instead of being separate entities, are unified and can be dynamically curved to create the effect known as gravity. 

At a seminar at MIT I took decades ago, I remember another story that blew my mind: the story of why we experience time as linear and unidirectional, unlike space. The story goes: our minds were designed to run along the slope of entropy that began with the Big Bang, and therefore could be a psychological illusion created by our brains which consciously interpret the entropy of the universe as the passing of time. 

So why am I talking about this now? I believe we’ve suffered from some of the most problematic misconceptions in education for a long time now, one that fails to acknowledge that Science is, first and foremost, a story about the world. This is especially true for children, who already experience the world and understand it in practical terms. What they don’t experience, however, is the story, and what many students cannot do is tell this story.

In other words, most students get it. They just can’t tell it. And that literally makes all the difference.
4 weeks ago
Academia Education

Academia is pleased to announce the imminent launch of the beta testing phase of our latest Cogito product.

Infinite Drills. For Levels 1 & 2.

No VC funding. No gimmicks. Just what we knew you wanted after a decade of communication with you. And we’re only just getting started.

More details to be revealed as we move from alpha to beta testing. To our clients, thank you — you are at the heart of all we do.
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#academia #cogito #infinite #edtech #lms
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Academia is pleased to announce the imminent launch of the beta testing phase of our latest Cogito product.

Infinite Drills. For Levels 1 & 2.

No VC funding. No gimmicks. Just what we knew you wanted after a decade of communication with you. And we’re only just getting started.

More details to be revealed as we move from alpha to beta testing. To our clients, thank you — you are at the heart of all we do.
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#academia #cogito #infinite #edtech #lms
1 month ago
Academia Education

The future is here. And we designed it yesterday. 2023 takes a bold new step into a higher level of performance to create the most amazing human being possible — that, after all, is what being Singaporean truly means. #academia ... See MoreSee Less

The future is here. And we designed it yesterday. 2023 takes a bold new step into a higher level of performance to create the most amazing human being possible — that, after all, is what being Singaporean truly means. #academia
1 month ago
Academia Education

Each year we’ve released an annual report to show how far we’ve come. This year, we’ve accomplished so much that it is hard to know where to begin. Instead, we’re looking to the future with quiet confidence. Here are 5 major pillars of our development next year.

1️⃣ Global Gifted Programme: We continue to incorporate the newest learning pedagogy using English as the base programming layer for substantial cognitive development

2️⃣ Implementation to innovation: We will move out of implementation phase to AI-integrated delivery of learning skills in the 3 Big Picture Domains: Speaking, Critical Reading, and Personal-Persuasive Writing

3️⃣ True Literacy: A paradigmatic pedagogical shift from automatable skills to real, humanistic skills

4️⃣ Human-centric Education: Using the latest AI tools to empower each educator to do more than ever

5️⃣ Multiversality: We have the resources to create the next world-class generation of Asian global citizens
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Each year we’ve released an annual report to show how far we’ve come. This year, we’ve accomplished so much that it is hard to know where to begin. Instead, we’re looking to the future with quiet confidence. Here are 5 major pillars of our development next year.

1️⃣ Global Gifted Programme: We continue to incorporate the newest learning pedagogy using English as the base programming layer for substantial cognitive development 

2️⃣ Implementation to innovation: We will move out of implementation phase to AI-integrated delivery of learning skills in the 3 Big Picture Domains: Speaking, Critical Reading, and Personal-Persuasive Writing 

3️⃣ True Literacy: A paradigmatic pedagogical shift from automatable skills to real, humanistic skills 

4️⃣ Human-centric Education: Using the latest AI tools to empower each educator to do more than ever 

5️⃣ Multiversality: We have the resources to create the next world-class generation of Asian global citizens
1 month ago
Academia Education

360° Academia Universe. Classic Humanistic Education. Designed for the Digital Singularity.
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#academia #academiaeducation #blendedlearning #artificialintelligence #learning #360Learning
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360° Academia Universe. Classic Humanistic Education. Designed for the Digital Singularity. 
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#academia #academiaeducation #blendedlearning #artificialintelligence #learning #360learning
2 months ago
Academia Education

The Art of PSLE 2022: A Retrospective 📺
As the 2022 World Cup comes to a head, let's relive those all-round good feelings when we smashed it head-first into our goals and scored. We're talking about The Art of PSLE 2022 — are you nostalgic yet? 🥹 Full Video: cogito.brightspace.com/d2l/le/lessons/8687/topics/7141
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